South Windsor, CT (PRWEB) October 22, 2013
For the first time since 1999, fans have a chance to see two teams with the best records in their respective leagues face off in the World Series. The National League’s St. Louis Cardinals and the American League’s Boston Red Sox each boast a 97-win season. Will a hometown advantage give the Red Sox an edge to take the first game against the Cardinals? Catch this classic matchup in person with World Series tickets to Fenway Park from TicketLiquidator.com.
The Red Sox led in runs (853) during the regular season, while the St. Louis Cardinals ranked third with 783 runs. Both were among the top five in batting average. Boston has the advantage in home runs, ranking 6th to St. Louis at 27th. The Cardinals have far fewer strikeouts, ranking 26th to the Red Sox’s 8th place.
Post-season, both teams battled for runs against strong pitching from the Detroit Tigers and LA Dodgers respectively, with most games won by only one or two runs. Yet the Red Sox have proven they have the endurance to wear down even the best of pitchers, coming back to win two ALCS games after being shutout for six innings by Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer. The Cardinals also came out swinging in its decisive 9-0 victory in Game 6, sealing their berth in the World Series. In their last nine innings of the NLDS, the Cardinals scored 11 runs.
In the ALCS, Boston’s pitching was on point, yielding a sole run in 21 relief innings against the Detroit Tigers. The Cardinals bullpen gave up only 10 hits in 19 innings in the NCLS.
“We have a group of veteran guys who have done some pretty incredible things, said St. Louis manager Mike Matheny, according to Sports Illustrated, “especially on the pitching side, to be able to sit there and say, 'You continue to do this. This isn't a fluke. We need to you do this in order for us to have a chance.'
Since 2000, the Cardinals have clinched seven division titles and made four World Series appearances—claiming the title in 2011 and 2006. In that time, the Red Sox won two division titles, three league pennants and two World Series titles, most recently in 2007. Boston swept St. Louis in the 2004 World Series.
Playing in Fenway Park also carries a certain clout. National League teams were 2-8 in Boston during the regular season. The Red Sox also hit 205 doubles in front of their hometown crowd, 48 more than any other team.
St. Louis faces Boston in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Find out if the Green Monster lends its magic to the Red Sox with World Series tickets to Fenway Park.
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